Fog'n'Desire and Sokol Kollar Join MD4

Serial killer pic marks regular Polish HBO documaker Marcin Koszalka's helming debut

Agnieszka Kurzydlo’s Warsaw-based outfit MD4 is partnering with Czech Republic’s Fog’n’Desire Films and Slovakia’s Sokol Kollar to co-produce serial killer story “Red Spider,” the feature helming debut of Poland’s multi-laurelled Marcin Koszalka, a regular HBO documaker.

Currently in post, and scheduled for a 2015 release, a still-to-be-completed version of “Red Spider” screens at Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, as part of its Works in Progress sidebar.

Polish indie distributor Kino Swiat is attached to “Red Spider”; theatrical distribution rights in Czech Republic and Slovakia are in final negotiations, producer Kurzydlo said.

Telco Orange and Zentropa International Poland are also backing the film, which was supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Czech State Cinematography Fund, the Slovak Audiovisual Fund and the Krakow Film Commission.

Beyond the public financing, producers are in talks with a private equity fund in the Czech Republic, Kurzydlo added.

Set in ’60s communist-era Poland, “Red Spider” is inspired by the stories of two legendary serial killers who lived there in that period. Although the story does not replay real events, it deals with the potential mechanisms of murder that occurred.

The budget is around €1.4 million ($1.9 million). “For a historical movie, it is a really low budget, but we managed to make that happen and I am very proud of that,” said Kurzydlo, a former Zentropa International Poland exec before launching MD4 in 2011.

Pic’s all-Polish cast is led by Filip Plawiak, Adam Woronowicz and Julia Kijowska.

“Marcin Koszalka is a very talented documentary director and d.p.. I think that the strongest facet of the film is that he knows how to tell the story without too many words, just using the pictures. Marcin creates beautiful visuals. Of course, our actors and especially the main characters are brilliant and very relatable,” Kurzydlo argued.

“Since we already have all the production partners, in Karlovy Vary we’re looking for a worldwide sales agent, distributors and to get attention from selectors of future festivals,” she added.

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